Tuesday, 12 July 2016

2015-16 League finale

 Another sunny day at Hackney Downs and the end of another season's go ride racing for the young riders of Hackney.  This year we had more schools taking part than before - 13 - more riders at every event than before - averaging over 90- and more juice than before - more on that to come.

The finale comprised of team track events the first set of races were team pursuits with two in each team racing two teams at a time against the clock.  The year 4 riders did 2 laps, year 5 three and year 6 four.
Harry giving it some juice.
 After each rider had raced they had the opportunity to go and  pedal a smoothie maker for some extra refreshment. The queues soon built up.

The second set of races were team sprints - again the teams had two riders each with the first rider pulling out the way after half alap and the 2nd riders time being recorded after 1 full lap.

The races were all hotly contested with the wins being shared between Gayhurst, Millfields, Jubilee and Parkwood. Southwold and Woodberry Downs both did very well too. Ultimately the day was all about Millfields as they won again and consolidated their grip on the league winning the trophy for the first time.
Jubilant Millfields squad.
Well done to all the competitors over the season for giving it a go - results and photos below.

The popular smoothie maker in action

Year 5 boys podium

Year 6 girls podium - Millfields 3rd, Jubilee 2nd, Parkwood 2nd.

year 5 results

year 6 boys podium - Parkwood 3rd, Millfields 1st, Gayhurst 2nd.

Year 6 results

Year 5 girls podium - Millfields 3rd, Jubilee 1st, Gayhurst 2nd.
Year 4 boys podium - gayhurst 3rd, Millfields 1st, Jubilee 2nd.

year 4 girls podium Parkwood 3rd, Millfields 1st, Gayhurst 2nd
year 4 results

top points winners across the 2016/17 season

Final league standings

The 2016-17 league winners _ Millfields Community School Cycling Team

Wednesday, 15 June 2016

Sprint Fest on Hackney Downs

Riders briefing
Friday 10th June 2016 -
Round 8 of the YHPSCL and once again the sun was shining down on Hackney Downs. One Hundred riders representing ten schools turned up to take part in a sprint fest' grass track. A rider from each school would take part in one of three preliminary heats for each age group and gender. Following that riders who placed 8-10th would take part in the Minor-Minor Finals, then the riders who placed 4-7th would compete in the Minor-Finals and finally those who placed 1st -3rd in the heats competed in the finals. The heats were  three laps long with the first neutralised behind a human derny. 

Year 5 girls heat

 The heats proved very competitive which could mean only one thing everyone wanted to get in their final.
Girls heat finish
 With league standings being very tight only  place in the final guaranteed points as only the winners of the minor-finals and minor minor -finals scoring points.

Year 5 boys heat
 Some big hitters from previous rounds of this years league missed out - coming fourth in their heat.

Year 6 girls heat
And some of th usual suspects made it through no problem.

Logan - the hard working human derny leads round another heat of year 6 boys

year 6 boys heat 1

year 5 girls eager to start
 Meg McGrandle of Millfields won the year 5 girls minor minor final and Dexter Cleary from Gayhurst won the boys year 5 minor minor final.

Action from one of the finals
 Lily Farrow from Shacklewell won the year 6 girls minor minor final while Yakub from Thomas Fairchilds won the boys year 6  event.

kingsmead finisher
  Ruby Isles of Millfields won the year 5 girls  minor final and Laurie McPhilips - Southwold won the boys year 5 minor  final.
winner of the year 5 girls
  Solihat Adekoya from Southwold won the year 6 girls minor minor final while George Metson from Jubilee won the boys year 6  event.
A big winning margin
Anna Ventris from Jubilee won the year 5 girls final and Robin Steer of  Millfields won the boys year 5 final.
Year 5 boys final

Year 5 girls results
action from the year 5 boys final
Year 5 boys results

Anoushka Minale of Millfields won the year 6 girls  final and Conrad Cousins also of Millfields won the boys year 6 final.

year 6 girls final

Year 6 girls results
year 6 boys final
year 6 boys results

With Millfields being in the ascendency how would this affect the league standings?

year 6 boys final line up
League standings after round 8.
It now looks like only a no show would deprive Millfields of their first league title - but I'm sure Jubilee won't give it up without a fight. Gayhurst look secure in third whilst the battle  for fourth place is very tight between Southwold and Parkwood on 145 points each and Kingsmead on 140.
Welcome too to newcomers Woodbery Down. See you all on the 8th of July for this seasons finale.

Photos - Roderick Ryan and others.

Wednesday, 18 May 2016

Massive turnout for Grass Track

Ready for the off

There was a massive turnout for the first grass track of this season at Hackney Downs on Friday 13th May. Ninety six years 4 and 5 riders from 10 schools turned up in perfect conditions for grass track racing - and for the majority it would have been their first time on a fix wheeled track bike. After a brief practise session it was straight down to racing as we had two hours to fit in 25 races. When I tell you the most we've had a grass track before is about 50 riders you'll get an idea of how big an event this was.

Push starts
The riders all had there separate races to take part in - a scratch race, a Devil or elimination race and a handicap sprint. The league points would be calculated on how the riders performed in all of the events so consistency was key. This could mean that a rider might win her first race then after doing poorly in her other races she wouldn't be in medal position or might not even score league points. With so many riders in each year group we had to run two races to make it safe and also there weren't enough bikes to go around otherwise.

Big field in the y5 boys
The scratch races were first with each being over three laps with the first lap being neutralised so they could get used to the track. The winners for the year four girls were Ashleigh Hunt - Millfields and Mabel Cooper Spice - Jubilee. Year four boys scratch winners were Kaspar Mcinnes and Solomon Rigg both Millfields. Year five girls scratch winners were Molly Gregory and Isobel Katesmark-Jones - both Gayhurst and the year five boys winners were Robin Steer- Millfields and Dexter Cleary - Gayhurst.

Perfect conditions for grass track
Next up were the elimination races - popularly known as the Devil - as in devil take the hindmost - where the last riders over the line each lap are eliminated from the race and leave the track. with the large fields we took two riders out a time in order to fit all the races into the time we had. The year 4 girls winners were - Ashleigh Hunt and Mariya Nasua both Millfields and the year four boys races were won by Kaspar Mcinnes and Milton Higgott both Millfields. The year 5 girls devil winners were -Anna for Jubilee and Olive for Grazebrook, whilst the boys year fives were won by Riccardo Verger for Millfields and Rueben Mooney for Jubilee.

Handicap sprint action
The final set of races were the Handicap Sprints where riders start one in front of the other dependent on their placings in their first race with the lowest finishers being placed furthest round the track and the winners back on the start line - its fast and furious 1 lap race and if the handicaps are right all the riders should almost cross the line together.
Kai on the derny leading the riders round

The winning year four girls were Myeisha Jones - Kingsmead and Mathilda Tamfuri- Southwold
and the year five girls races were won by Meg McGrandle - Millfields and Lola- Shacklewell.

Neutral lap over
 The year four boys handicap races were won by Mylo Pape - Jubilee and Jos- Kingsmead and the year 5 winners were Satch Anstey - Shacklewell and Evan Campillo -Parkwood.

Many adult helpers were pulled in as holders for the races

Riders in their starting places for the handicap sprint
Eyeing up the competition
 There were a few crashes - especially at the end of races where riders forgot to pedal but none were serious and well done to all the riders who came off and got back into their next race.
First and 2nd y5 girls 
the final lap bell

The results for each group are below along with the league table with a change at the top again as Millfields jump back in front of Jubilee - only 5 points separate the two teams so its all to play for in the last two events.
Thanks to all the riders, teachers, coaches helpers, parents for turning out - see you next time.
Year 4 boys results

Year 4 girls results

Year 5 girls results

Year 5 boys results

The league standings with two events to go.